I spent the weekend doing what I called “spring cleaning” though we’re deep into summer here in New Delhi. It just felt like what a “main character” from a movie would do. I finally got to sorting through some of the shoes that I wear regularly. Weirdly, I get sentimentally attached to some clothes and shoes and find it impossible to throw them or give them away no matter what the condition and usage I get out of them. So my goal for this “spring cleaning” was to set aside all the shoes that I haven’t worn in the last 6 months and decide what to do with them.
The 4 buckets I divided my shoes into –
- Keep – shoes I wear regularly and ones that I had forgotten about because my shoes were stored in different places. Also, shoes that I hadn’t worn because they were dirty and I just hadn’t gotten down to cleaning them.
- Repair – I love some shoes that are now in a bad condition after excessive use but I just can’t throw them away. These mostly include branded shoes that I think can be salvaged either by my local cobbler or a brand like Murtle. I recently discovered Murtle on Instagram. How their brand works is that you can send in any of your old shoes and they will revamp them for you. This is a great way to ensure that the shoes’ life is extended.
- Give it to my mum/sister – My mum is the same shoe size as me and my sister is a size up. So we end up exchanging shoes with each other.
- Donate – This was definitely the largest pile from my cleaning session. I set aside 20 pairs to be donated. Before you start wondering how – I’ve had shoes stored in my parent’s home collected over the last 10 years. I finally decided to stop hoarding them and gave them away.
I have to say it is always VERY difficult for me to get rid of stuff just because I have attachment issues. Even though I know they are just shoes – any back story related to them makes me not want to give them away even if I am not using them. And as much as I loved reading about Marie Kondo’s tidying up technique – any material possession with a back story sparks joy in me! So my rule is that anything not used for 6 months either finds use immediately or is given away.
I am working towards a more minimalist wardrobe. (But that doesn’t mean that I won’t be using up the stuff I already have.) How often do you go through your wardrobe? Do you think a minimalist wardrobe works for you?
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